C. Costs, Benefits and Effectiveness - (Continued)
In FY 1984 the FIPSE also created an Internal management Information system
to help guide Its competitions. The data Includes large amounts of Inform-
ation about the kinds of proposals being submitted by different kinds of
Institutions and from different areas of the country. In effect, since
FIPSE urges applicants to choose topics of greatest local import, the data
base becomes a map of local priorities for improvement. FIPSE intends to
make serious use of this information again in 1985 to guide evaluation of
proposals and the writing of competition priorities.
Program Effectiveness: A FIPSE-commissioned study was completed recently
which focused on the institutionalization and adoption of the Compre-
hensive Grants program. This study was reported in the FY 1983 Annual
Evaluation Report. (E.2)
D0 Plans for Program Improvement and Recommendations for Legislation
Appropriation language has been proposed that FIPSE grants be limited to
50 percent of project costs; currently, FIPSE grants provide about 60
percent of project costs. The Administration believes that this strategy,
Federal will help to assure that institutions are fully committed to
projects they wish to undertake. The reduced Federal commitment could
support about 19 additional grant awards.
E. Supporting Studies Cited in Section C Above
1. Program Files, Office of Postsecondary Education, 1984.
2. Evaluation of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education,
Final Report, Sol Pelavin Associates, Washington, D.C., 1983.
F. Other Supporting Data
"I* RESPONSE TO GEPA 417(b)
FIPSE staff is analyzing the start-up year of FIPSE projects; research will
be completed in 1985 and is expected to aid grant review and monitoring.
Ho other studies are currently 1n progress or planned. The data system
(see above, II.C) will continue to be developed. The Mina Shaughnessy
Scholars Program is due for internal review in FY 1985.
Contacts for Further Information
Program Operations: Stephen C. Ehrmann, (202) 245-8091
Program Studies: Robert H. Berls, (202) 245-8281 addressed by FIPSE projects.licable to postsecondary education